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Availability : Select Dates, September-April

Aurora Exploration, Iceland

Highlights Include:

  • Searching for the Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights 
  • Visits to Vatnajökull Glacier and Jökulsárlón  Lagoon
  • Relaxing at the famous Blue Lagoon
  • An encounter with the unique Icelandic horse
  • Escorted tour

Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson/Arctic Images/Visit Iceland

Tour Details

From: $3,494| Single supplement from $363

Price includes transatlantic airfare from New York (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)

9 days

2023 Departures (max. 35 participants):   
September 7, 21  /  October 5, 19, 26  / November 2, 19, 16, 30 / December 7, 14

2024 Departures (max. 35 participants):   
January 4, 11, 18, 25  /  February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 
March 7, 14, 21, 28  /  April 4

Small Group departures (max. 16 participants) are also available 2023-2024, price from $4,435 per person:
September 18, 25  /  October 9, 23, 30 / November 6, 13, 27  / December 4 , 11
January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 / February 5, 12, 19, 26  /  March 4, 11, 18, 25 / April 1

Heading to Iceland in the winter means searching for one of its greatest winter attractions, the Northern Lights! This naturally occurring phenomenon is difficult to predict, but the best way to increase your chances of a sighting is with a professional guide. This escorted group tour is designed to maximize your chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights by taking you away from the light pollution of Reykjavík and into the countryside. Spend seven days traveling to the most scenic parts of south and west Iceland during the day, and checking for the Northern Lights at night.

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Itinerary
This is an escorted tour. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to customize any pre- or post-departure arrangements to your travel preferences.

Day 1Departure from US

Day 2Arrive Reykjavík, Iceland

Transfer by airport bus from Keflavik airport to your hotel in Reykjavík. The remainder of day at your leisure to explore Iceland’s vibrant capital city on your own, or join an optional Reykjavík Day Tour. Overnight in Reykjavík

Day 3 West Iceland’s Waterfalls, Hot Springs, and Volcano | Meals: B

Meet your tour guide and start your day with a Reykjavík city tour where you’ll see some highlights of Iceland’s capital before heading out of the city, to the western part of the country – stop in Borgarnes and learn about Iceland’s earliest days at the Settlement Center. Next we head to Borgarfjörður, known as the Saga Valley because of its many important historical events. Get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot beverage. Overnight in West Iceland

Day 4Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Lava Cave | Meals: B L

Today’s touring takes you to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, which juts out like an arm from mainland Iceland. This area is most known for its many varied landscapes and gorgeous views. Visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. One of the most photographed and famous mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell, can be seen jutting out into the bay. Visit Arnarstapi and Hellnar before experiencing the area from below, inside Vatnshellir cave. We take you 35 meters underground and about 200 meters into the lava tube under the glacier Snæfellsjökull! On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs. Overnight in West Iceland

Day 5Golden Circle, Tasting & Icelandic Horse | Meals: B

Depart West Iceland today, traveling along the whale fjord, to the Golden Circle region. Visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next on the route, see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields, and its main erupting geyser Strokkur. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring. On we travel to double waterfall of Gullfoss. In the afternoon, learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before reaching the accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights in the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.. Overnight in Hella, South Iceland

Day 6Volcanic South Iceland | Meals: B

Today we travel along the South coast. At the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center, learn about geology and active volcanoes. Further east we visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts from Iceland’s past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. Onward to east Iceland where you will spend two nights in the shadow of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. This evening you will again head outside to search for the Northern Lights, followed by a warm beverage. Overnight in Vatnajökull area, southeast

Day 7Vatnajökull Park, Glacial Lagoon & Diamond Beach | Meals: B

We travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the amazing site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach, the so-called Diamond beach, where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. From October – April, an optional ice cave tour is offered (duration 2.5 hours) in one of the naturally occurring ice caves created by the glacier. Overnight in Vatnajökull area, southeast

Day 8South Coast and The Blue Lagoon | Meals: B

From Kirkjubæjarklaustur we head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where we make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is awe-inspiring. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon, we get to relax and soak in the naturally heated waters at the famous Blue Lagoon in Grindavik. (Bring your swimsuits!) The minerals in these geo-thermal waters give it the light milky-blue color. Return to Reykjavík in the early evening. Overnight in Reykjavík

Day 9Depart Reykjavík, Iceland | Meals: B

Transfer by airport bus to the airport for your return flight to the US or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

Included
  • Transatlantic airfare from New York including government taxes & fuel surcharges
    (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city) 
  • Seven nights’ accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • English-speaking tour guide from Days 3 to 8
  • Transportation by coach as per itinerary
  • Visit to the Settlement Center in Borgarnes
  • Guided tour into Vatnshellir cave
  • Hot spring tasting with geothermal cooked bread & eggs
  • Visits to Icelandic horse stables and geothermal greenhouse
  • Visit to Lava Exhibition Center
  • Entrance fee to Skogar Folk Museum and Turf houses
  • Entrance fee & use of towel at the Blue Lagoon
  • Northern Lights academy program including lectures, presentations, Northern Lights searches & refreshments
  • Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: crampons & flashlight
Not Included
  • Additional airline fees, such as meals, seat reservations, luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
Optional Excursions
At additional cost, subject to availability
  • Visit our Reykjavik Day Tour blog to learn about the many options available from Iceland’s capital
  • Ice Cave – hike through naturally occurring ice caves under Vatnajökull Glacier with a professional guide (available October – April)
Notes
  • Daily Driving – Total mileage is about 983 miles, an average of 164 miles per day. About three and a half hours per day is spent on the bus. Some days the driving might be longer than on other days.
  • Outdoor activities may occasionally differ because of weather and road conditions.
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